a few seconds of the initial detection, the system plots the
launch site for counter-fire, and predicts the point of impact,
to alert ground troops which could be endangered by the attack.
A number of targets can be tracked simultaneously while search
continues. After tracking, the launching position is determined
and data on located batteries are transmitted on a data link
to the artillery Fire Direction Centre.
The ARTHUR system can rapidly be air lifted by C-130 and helicopters,
making ARTHUR the leading weapon locating system for light forces
and Peace Support Operations. Originally the system was installed
in a cabin carried by a Hägglunds Bv 206 articulated tracked
vehicle. The present version is an ISO-cornered container that
can be carried by any cross-country truck with a 5 ton payload.
The ARTHUR WLS also provides adjustment data for own artillery.
In this mode, projectiles are tracked through the final part
of their trajectory and the impact point is determined. The
adjustment data and weapon locating modes can operate simultaneously.
Special features are introduced to support peacekeeping operations,
providing force protection, by detection of hostile fire and
registering artillery fire in violation of the peace accords.
Norway and Sweden have developed ARTHUR in collaboration and
fielded the system on BV-206 vehicles in 1999. The system is
also operational with Denmark, Greece, the Czech Republic and
the British Royal Marines, which use the system as the "Mobile
Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar program (MAMBA)"
systems. Systems have also been leased to Canada and Italy in
support of peacekeeping operations. Most recently, on December
2006, Spain ordered ARTHUR systems as part of a €59
Million (U.S. $78 million) order.